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Title: Integrated oil production and upgrading using molten alkali metal

A method that combines the oil retorting process (or other process needed to obtain/extract heavy oil or bitumen) with the process for upgrading these materials using sodium or other alkali metals. Specifically, the shale gas or other gases that are obtained from the retorting/extraction process may be introduced into the upgrading reactor and used to upgrade the oil feedstock. Also, the solid materials obtained from the reactor may be used as a fuel source, thereby providing the heat necessary for the retorting/extraction process. Other forms of integration are also disclosed.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1327927
Assignee:
FIELD UPGRADING LIMITED (Calgary, CA NETL
Patent Number(s):
9,458,385
Application Number:
13/940,336
Contract Number:
FE0000408
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2013 Jul 12
Research Org:
FIELD UPGRADING LIMITED, Calgary, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

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